The turnaround will have to wait yet another night. Two months ago, the Giants were making us immune to comeback victories. Now, eight games under .500, we’re becoming immune to bad baseball. On a night that started so promising, Buster kept his red-hot bat alive by taking Matt Harvey deep for a two-run shot in the first. On the other end, Timmy was as good as he’s been in two years. Heading into the 5th, he hadn’t allowed a hit and his split-change was something straight from 2008. The park was alive, and for a short time all the recent bad vibes were forgotten. The Freak would go on to battle for seven innings, allowing three runs while striking out 11… seriously, ‘08 stuff (albeit against a team 11 games below .500).
In the end, Lincecum’s vintage performance and Posey’s career-high five hits weren’t enough to propel the Giants, who stranded runners for SIXTEEN innings on their way to a bitter 4-3 loss. After tying the game at three in the bottom of the 7th, the Giant bats posted nine consecutive zeroes on the board, and a Brandon Crawford botched grounder allowed the go-ahead run to score in the bottom of the 16th.
The Giants signed Jeff Francoeur this morning, who was recently released by Kansas City, and who hasn’t been referred to as “The Natural” by Sports Illustrated in years. He’ll play a few games in Fresno to get his bat going before coming to SF. His .208 average is rough, but he’s a decent hitter against lefties, and, come on, can we really get any worse at this point?